Some Great Dropbox Uses Beyond The Obvious

psychoboxshirt4.png (PNG Image, 1296x640 pixels) - Scaled (97%).jpgMany people know that Dropbox is great for syncing up your files between different computers.

The other day I was thinking about how in the pre-Hootsuite days I used Dropbox to sync my TweetDeck groups between machines, and I thought I’d look into some other creative uses that people have come up with.

Here are some of my favorites:

Lifehacker has two great posts about creative Dropbox uses like:

  • Putting an encrypted TrueCrypt volume on Dropbox. If you like the idea of putting things in “the cloud” but are worried about security, this is a great solution. You can have your stuff encrypted before it even goes online.
  • Using shared folders to simulate a network drive
  • Make a customized start page
  • Keep all your documents with you and accessible (even on your mobile device)
  • Keeping all your passwords synced
  • Run portable applications like Firefox and VLC

The Dropbox fan page on Facebook has a thread called “What do you use Dropbox for?” with some suggestions like:

  • Synchronize your IM (MSN, AIM, etc.) chat logs
  • Have a security camera save images to Dropbox so they can be viewed from anywhere
  • Run a website (!) out of the Dropbox folder

MaximumPC has “How to Hack Your Dropbox“, with some tips, my favorite being to catch laptop thieves using a keylogger and Dropbox.

And finally, lets hear from the source itself. Dropbox has a Tips and Tricks wiki with a bunch of ideas, including:

That should be enough to get you going. Do you have any other awesome Dropbox tips? Let us know in the comments.

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One Response to “Some Great Dropbox Uses Beyond The Obvious”

  1. Sanford Alfonsi March 17, 2012 at 3:05 am #

    I was a big follower too until this device lost all of my data. They have some data integrity issues they need to solve first before I would feel safe using this device again. Their support sucks since it’s always a guy by the name of Frank on the phone, the poor guy must be working 247.

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